The U.S. job market is expected to improve over the next year as entrenched executives look for new opportunities, Time reported. With this trend in play, organizations across myriad sectors will surely ramp up recruitment strategies to bolster their C-suites. There's a good chance many may devote considerable time to managing online hiring processes, including posting to internal and external job boards. Unfortunately, these efforts will be all for naught. Why?
Passivity does not pay
Job boards and the like are passive recruitment tools. Human resources professionals post pre-written job descriptions, configure a few filters and wait for the applications to accumulate. Users regularly receive thousands of resumes per posting but few of these submissions come from qualified candidates, one recruiter told PBS News Hour. Top-flight professionals rarely peruse online portals. In fact, many do not actively search at all, as their day-to-day demands make it impossible. Consequently, the organizations that do succeed in netting these leaders take a more active approach and work with global executive search firms to make connections over the phone or in person.
"Organizations should take a more active recruitment approach and work with global executive search firms."
Online descriptions hamstring HR
Companies with extensive online recruitment strategies often believe job boards to be the perfect places for articulating key open positions. Most have accommodating character limits that allow users to put up targeted job descriptions aimed at only the best. However, this approach often backfires, as the few truly talented executives who peruse this content may deem themselves unqualified based on what they read, Fast Company reported. It's better to reach out to proven prospective hires directly, rather than rely on online application queues filled with candidates who judge themselves fit for a role based on an accompanying description.
As you navigate the hiring process, consider collaborating with an executive recruitment firm like YES Partners. Our executive search consultants can put you in touch with experienced C-level staff, allowing you to avoid online job boards altogether.
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